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Published May 02, 2012, 09:15 PM

MN Family Remembers 4-year-old Lost in Fire

NEAR STEPHEN, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A fatal fire just three miles north of Stephen took the life of 4-year-old Mathew Milhem on April 20. Now, his family is doing everything they can to remember the youngest member of their family.

NEAR STEPHEN, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A fatal fire just three miles north of Stephen took the life of 4-year-old Mathew Milhem on April 20. Now, his family is doing everything they can to remember the youngest member of their family.

His mom called him the next Jim Carrey, and his dad says he had the most expressive face you could ever imagine.

At just 4 years old, there's no question Mathew made an impression on everyone he met.

The youngest of eight children, Mathew is remembered as a little ray of sunshine.

"He was that happy little guy. He was always smiling, always happy. He had this laugh that was so infectious, when he started laughing you couldn't help but laugh too, even if you didn't know what he was laughing about," father David Field said.

David now wears a pendant of his son around his neck. He says it's the least he can do for a kid that did so much for him.

"You can never do enough for someone that just makes it clear that they love you no matter what," David said.

Nate Peroni, Mathew's older brother, has burns on his hands from saving his brother Logan from the fire.

"It was a small price to pay to save Logan. I just wish I could've gotten Mathew out before," Nate said.

Although their home is completely destroyed, the Fields say it could've been much worse. The one thing they haven't lost is their faith.

"Despite the loss, we were spared a lot," David said.

The couple says the outpouring of support from both the Stephen and Grafton communities has been overwhelming.

"They arranged for the house, they helped get it ready, fundraisers and donations. So much support and help to get us back on our feet," David said.

But no matter what they replace, they say they'll never replace that infectious laugh.

"There's not a day that goes by that I haven't thought about my little brother and I'm going to miss him a lot," Nate said.

The family plans on setting up a scholarship fund in memory of Mathew for kids who had the same love for life as he did.

There have been dinners and donation drives but if you want to personally donate to the Field family, contact Marvin Windows at 218-478-3389.

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